BASE members are invited to join the 2020 BASE AGM. Registration is via Eventbrite and our accounts and annual reports will be available to view at

This meeting is open only to staff employed by BASE member organisations. Registrations will only be accepted if the booking is made using a work email address.

The NHS England and NHS Improvement Learning Disability and Autism Engagement Team work to help people with a learning disability and their families, carers and supporters to have their say in work happening at NHS England and NHS Improvement.

They are looking for a new person with a learning disability to join their team as a Learning Disability and Autism Network Manager. An easy-read application form and job description are attached below. The closing date is 28 October and full details are available at

The Department for Education has published apprenticeship statistics covering the full 2019-20 academic year (August 2019 to July 2020). They show a 46% decline in apprenticeship starts - 58,160 compared to 107,750 in 2018-19. This is unsurprising given the Covid-19 pandemic and there was a steep drop in starts from March 2020. There are encouraging signs that start numbers are picking up again now.

DWP has cconfirmed the organisations that have successfully tendered to be included in the Commercial Agreement for Employment and Health-Related Services (CAEHRS). The agreement goes live on 5 October and replaces the existing Umbrella Agreement.

In total DWP received submissions from 61 organisations with a total of 171 compliant submissions across the 7 regional lots. Overall this has resulted in a total of 28 organisations being awarded a place on CAEHRS, 21 of which have multiple places and 7 have single awards. DWP is able to offer further places should they become available.

The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Youth Employment is conducting an inquiry into youth employment. 

Following the £3.06bn government investment into new and existing youth employment initiatives in the summer, is there any sign of tensions in the systems and areas where young people can fall through the gaps? In this inquiry the APPG is exploring the key youth employment programmes and see what the early indicators are of success. It aims to provide constructive feedback to the government to accelerate impact or where improvements need to be made if there are tensions in the system.

Think Local Act Personal is organising a great series of webinars about the design and operations of the Australian National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). The scheme funds social care, including employment support, across Australia. The first webinar took place recently and you can view it below.

DWP has revised the application and claims process for the use of Access to Work within Supported Internships and Traineeships. The changes are mainly due to DWP's security requirements and they now need a customer signature on the application and claims forms. Access to Work are also introducing a declaration letter that the customer must sign and return before claims are approved.

The Small Charities Commisison has announced a webinar to discuss the role of charities as intermediary organisations within the Kickstart scheme.

The Government has announced details of the Kickstart scheme, which calls for organisations to create 6-month work placements for 16-24 year olds in new roles. 

The National SEND Employment Forum (NSEF) has been successful in acquiring support from Imperial College, London to complete a piece of research on the quality and quantity of Supported Internships across the UK.  They are keen for Supported Internship providers to help them in their research. 

The Government has launched the Kickstart Scheme and it is now open to any employer. The £2bn Kickstart Scheme aims to create hundreds of thousands of high-quality, government-subsidised jobs across the UK to help young people who have been particularly hit by the crisis.

The scheme will fund 6-month work placements for young people aged 16-24, who are claiming Universal Credit. We understand that it will also be open to people on Employment Support & Allowance.